For World Autism Acceptance Day and Autism Acceptance Month, Apple introduces us to Dillan, his iPad, and his apps.
World Autism Acceptance Day and Autism Acceptance Month are just that — a time of the year when those on the autistic spectrum and those involved and engaged with the autism community share their lives and stories with the world in an effort to increase understanding, empathy, and empowerment for everything. As part of those efforts, Apple using its resources and its reach to introduce us to Dillan.
Dillan is autistic and non-verbal. In times past that might have caused him to be ignored or discounted, but in times present his has so very much to share. With his iPad and some genius apps, Dillan can share his thoughts and feelings with all of us. Dillan claims it's changed his life. By sharing his story, he's also helping change our lives.
Here are the apps Dillan uses:
- Proloquo4Text: A text-based AAC app (Augmentative Alternative Communication), Proloquo4Text gives voice to those who cannot speak. There are natural-sounding voices in 18-languages, customizable layouts, word prediction, sharing, and more. It's on sale for 50% off from April 2 to April 4, and offers a Watch app as well.
- Assistive Express is another AAC app that emphasizes word prediction and favorites lists to minimize keystrokes and maximize speed and efficiency in communication.
- Keeble is a custom keyboard made for accessibility. It allows those with vision or physical impairments to type more easily in any app, and can be customized to best suit individual needs.